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Monday, 19 April 2010

Which Bright Spark Priced This?

Can you figure this?

These are Energy Saving electric light bulbs, sold at a store near Bristol.

I saw them a week ago but forgot my camera (a cardinal sin) so I made sure I took it with me today. The poster made no economic sense when I saw it last week and still it did not today.


I looked carefully at the notice, and again

I looked and looked and looked!

I thought, something has to be wrong with this! Do they mean three for 99p or 25p each? No, that does not make any sense! Or do they mean three for 75p or one for 99p. Again, nonsense! Try as I might I could not gain any logic whatsoever from this notice.

So I attracted the attention of a member of staff and asked him if there was some mistake. He laughed and said, "No Sir! It works like this. If you buy just ONE Energy Saving light bulb . . . . .


. . . . . . it will cost you 99 pence . . . . .

. . . . . . . but if you buy THREE Energy Saving light bulbs . . . . . .


. . . . you pay just 25 pence for the three."

I thought, "That's Marketing gone mad! How the 'ell can they afford to do this?"

I asked the store man this question who just shrugged his shoulders and said, "Dunno Gov, I'm only selling 'em - it's the bosses what decides the price!"

He continued the conversation by saying that earlier in the week a man bought a van load. I thought to myself, I wonder why? He's probably flogging them for 50 pence each at the local car boot sale and making over 500% Gross Profit! LOL

Again I wondered how the store could afford to do this and then I saw the light!!!

The store MUST be subsidised by the government as an energy saving project. Reading the literature I saw why because this type of bulb saves 80% energy and is supposed to last 10 years. The latter claim remains to be seen of course. However the bulbs are not suitable for dimmer switches which is a pity. I bought 6 bulbs for 50 pence which should see me out!! There is no way I will last 60 years even with a new hip LOL.

Astonishingly, another store person said someone came in recently and bought just ONE bulb for 99 pence!! I was . . . . astonished . . . . which leads me on to say . . . .

I bought another astonishing product called Astonish Bathroom Cleaner which we have found to be . . . . well . . . . astonishing! It cleans up the bath and tiles with . . . astonishing ease. I noted that the price per unit was exactly the same as a single unit light bulb . . . . 99 pence . . .


Astonishing!!

. . . . so I calculated, tongue in cheek, that they too might be 25 pence for three!!

"Err! No Sir! said the store man, "nice try but I am sorry they are 99 pence each and there is no incentive for bulk orders!"

Well the answer to my question was hardly astonishing but a guy has got to try and as you know I will do anything for a laugh!

But I got thinking again about the light bulbs. I am not greedy so I have decided to have a

Blogger Super Energy Light Bulb Sale Day

It's yer birthday! Come along ladies and gents .

Sale day! Sale day! Energy Saving light bulbs for sale . . . . only a limited stock left - bound to go fast, today . . . . get some while you can . . . offer never to be repeated!! Come on Madam, get your purse out! Blimey! Look at all those moths flying out!

And while you're at it ladies, nag the hubby and the kids to switch off those unused lights and save even more energy.

A switch left on is an unswitched switch! Which unswitched switch have you left unswitched?

"Eddie Bluelights' bright lights beam beautiful brilliant blazing brightness - BUY! BUY! BUY!."

Come on then! orders please and don't tell me to BOGOF!

I’m not going to charge you 99 pence a bulb, or 89 pence or even 79 pence!
The sun is shining, the wife cooked me a nice breakfast and I feel really generous!
Come on ladies and gents! Forget 78 pence! Forget 77 pence and forget 76 pence!
To clear the lot today I don’t want 75 pence or 74 pence or 73 or 72.

Who will give me 60 pence? You madam? Forget it! Forget 55 pence!

(Bang Table) First four here . . . . . just 50 pence!
OK! You’ve twisted my arm . . . it's open to everyone! Come and get them for 49 pence.”

MAD STAMPEDE

Think I'll try flogging them at our local Car Boot Sale!


After all that I think I need to sit down!

21 comments:

  1. One of those bulbs, seen through the bottle of Astonish would indeed turn it into a Bluelight. You may just have something here.

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  2. You've got quite a bargain item there! Save them up and give them out as birthday presents. Kidding!

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  3. I always wonder about marketing schemes. I took advatage of a coupon sale recently and bought everything they had to offer at a savings, one item was even free! I wasn't required to have a minimum purchase either! Now I am wondering what must be wrong with these items?

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  4. We use those energy saving lightbulbs throughout the house. We've seen significant reduction in our electric bill, and they definitely are lasting longer than the incandescent ones!

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  5. Are you trying to sell the chair and the throw pillow too? :-D

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  6. Cherry - Yes but I come with it - plus a light bulb plus some astonishing "Astonish" LOL

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  7. Eddie I put these light bulbs in my house 3 years ago and I have yet to have to change one. I am serious Eddie they do last forever, and have taken a small bit off my electric bill....if it helps the environment then I will try......:-) Hugs

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  8. so you did buy three right? lol. um shipping to me might eat the savings i believe...

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  9. Those energy saving bulbs are really terrific!!! And what a buy!!! Okay, sooo...does your price INCLUDE shipping? Cause if it does, I could pass the savings on to MY Blog customers...ROFL....

    Too, too funny, Eddie! You do beat ALL!!!! Hugs, Janine

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  10. Your advertising catch phrase is so inticing, I find it almost irresistable - but I'm afraid the shipping cost across the pond would do me in!

    We've been using these for quite a while and have found that the Phillips brand FAR outlasts the others. I truly had some that lasted no more than a couple of months. PLUS, Phillips makes the claim that their bulbs have less mercury than any other of the new energy saver bulbs; however, you must still consult local laws about disposal, since they DO contain some mercury.

    Bu the way, I was impressed the last time we visited Disneyworld and found they that have replaced all the regular lightbulbs in the parks and hotels with these bulbs; seems Mickey Mouse is turning green these days!

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  11. The bulbs last a really long time....... unless they get hit with a ladder and then they smash just the same as the rest :-(
    Yes I recently lost one this way.

    Mad advertisement!
    Pity about the bathroom cleaner. I was going to ask you to get me a few!
    Is that chair going for 25p too! Looks a good bargain.LOL!
    See you both Friday, Bruv.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  12. I'm sure the bulb company has a hand in this. They're just pressurising the store to sell...
    I'm sure that it has nothing to do with eco-friendly...

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  13. They are truly energy saving, Eddie, but I don't like the light they give out it is a bit weak and sometimes flutters a bit.

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  14. Fun read, Eddie.

    I'm with Moannie. Unfortunately, while they last forever, the light they emit isn't near as warm and inviting as a regular bulb. We use them in places where we only need light on the odd occasion (laundry room, etc.) but for general household lighting, and especially for reading, I'm staying with the old reliables.

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  15. What a hoot and such a bargain! But, I agree with Suldog!!! I don't like the type of light that they emit, especially for reading. Regular bulbs for me, too, cher! But the bathroom cleaner looks good! :)

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  16. Love those bulbs and the mileage you got out of them...that alone was worth at least 99 pence apiece!! You need to start an online sale of them and make a pretty pence from it! "Brighten up your world with Eddie who doesn't only have Blue lights" or "Lighten up your chores with a bright idea from Eddie" or "Laugh your head off in bright daylight in your own home thanks to Eddie"...the sayings are endless with possibilities and you would sell tons of them this way for sure!!

    Please find us more of these treasures!

    blessings and hugs,

    marcy

    p.s. How appropriate that my word is notort!

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  17. Love those bulbs and the mileage you got out of them...that alone was worth at least 99 pence apiece!! You need to start an online sale of them and make a pretty pence from it! "Brighten up your world with Eddie who doesn't only have Blue lights" or "Lighten up your chores with a bright idea from Eddie" or "Laugh your head off in bright daylight in your own home thanks to Eddie"...the sayings are endless with possibilities and you would sell tons of them this way for sure!!

    Please find us more of these treasures!

    blessings and hugs,

    marcy

    p.s. How appropriate that my word is notort!

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  18. Thank you twice, Marcy - you are in stereo! or have you cloned yourself? LOL

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  19. I'm sure a lot of thought went into the pricing by the marketing whizzes but you're right, it makes no sense.

    Hope you are feeling good Eddie.
    Cheers,
    jj

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  20. I followed it, just, but difficult at my age!

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  21. I'm waiting on my shipment?
    :)))
    Sending a smile to you, Eddie...
    Hugs and many many smiles!
    Jackie

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